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    If you are training from Paris to Amsterdam with...

    If you are training from Paris to Amsterdam with a detour to Bruges you will be changing trains in Brussels (Paris to Bruges) and Antwerp (Bruges to Amsterdam). Easy to schedule in a few hours to...
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    You are insane to compare someone opposing travel...

    You are insane to compare someone opposing travel bans with someone opposing a seat belt. There are very legitimate arguments against travel bans (for fucks sake, the WHO is still against them)....
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    The 8 to 14 doesn't look awful. This is the...

    The 8 to 14 doesn't look awful. This is the nature of being a snow sports enthusiast in the PNW. It can go from nothing to fully open better than anywhere else on planet earth.
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    Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School...

    Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, echoes a lot of what I said in an opinion column in today's NYTimes.





    And from his twitter:
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    It's been a few season since I skied the in...

    It's been a few season since I skied the in bounds, patroled back bowls or the true backcountry at Alpental (i.e. Pineapple Pass area) but from what I can tell, they are now requiring backcountry...
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    Early data suggest Omicron is as transmissible...

    Early data suggest Omicron is as transmissible (or more) than Delta and it is not contained to the Southern African continent. So what is your response to leaders of Southern African countries who...
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    The source lake route to areas outside the ski...

    The source lake route to areas outside the ski area special use permit area is still allowed when lifts are spinning. So why is anyone pissed about this? Are people really hiking up the in bounds...
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    The Belgium women with Omicron traveled to Egypt...

    The Belgium women with Omicron traveled to Egypt via Turkey. She never went anywhere near South Africa. In other words, the variant is already global. Travel bans are meaningless.
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    That's my understanding as well. And as South...

    That's my understanding as well. And as South Africa now contends, they are being punished for having robust genetic testing and alerting the world to this new variant. Better to be like the US and...
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    That's not what I said. While the current...

    That's not what I said. While the current vaccines have proved effective this does not guarantee they are effective against all future variants. The pandemic is not over until it is over on every...
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    Is Sweden doing that bad? We're still in the...

    Is Sweden doing that bad? We're still in the middle of the game but it is plausible when it is all said and done scientist will point to Sweden as the country who best handled this pandemic....
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    Is there any evolutionary purpose of disease? One...

    Is there any evolutionary purpose of disease? One hypothesis as to why some are so effected by COVID, and some are asymptomatic, is because of previous exposure to corona viruses. What's better,...
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    In the PNW, I can't think of any meteorological...

    In the PNW, I can't think of any meteorological events that could be labeled an "atmospheric river" that did not originate in the tropics. So I think the two terms are synonyms, at least in the PNW....
  14. The restitution to Aspen is the amount of Aspen's...

    The restitution to Aspen is the amount of Aspen's deductible ($250k). It's in the article. Aspen isn't double dipping here, although that happens a lot.

    Here's how it works in basically every...
  15. "Any order for restitution entered pursuant to...

    "Any order for restitution entered pursuant to this section is a final civil judgment in favor of the state and any victim. Notwithstanding any other civil or criminal statute or rule, any such...
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    A prosecutor can always charge lesser included...

    A prosecutor can always charge lesser included charges, below what the grand jury approves of. For instance, if the grand jury says Theft 2nd Degree (more than $750), the prosecutor can,...
  17. The reason the criminal plea agreement did not...

    The reason the criminal plea agreement did not involve consideration of the insurance company's loss is the insurance company is not viewed as the victim in the criminal case. Further, prosecutors...
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    The reason attorneys recommend people be silent...

    The reason attorneys recommend people be silent and request an attorney is your request for an attorney, and your silence, will (most likely) not be used against you at trial. Then, when the...
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    Johnson & Johnson breakthrough cases had a higher...

    Johnson & Johnson breakthrough cases had a higher hospitalization rate compared with other COVID vaccines

    A study of nearly 2 million people vaccinated against the coronavirus has found that those...
  20. Elon Musk Is Building a Sci-Fi World, and the...

    Elon Musk Is Building a Sci-Fi World, and the Rest of Us Are Trapped in It

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/opinion/elon-musk-capitalism.html?smid=url-share

    Weirdly, Muskism, an extravagant...
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    French health authority advises against Moderna...

    French health authority advises against Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for under 30s
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    Kids (and adults) aren't doing jail for simple...

    Kids (and adults) aren't doing jail for simple drug possession, at least in more progressive places, like the Seattle area. Maybe for repeatedly getting caught dealing, but not just possession. I am...
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    I didn't say that. You are putting words in my...

    I didn't say that. You are putting words in my mouth. I would need to know the unbiased facts of the case, the defendant's criminal history, and any other mitigating or aggravating factors before I...
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    This post sums up everything that is wrong with...

    This post sums up everything that is wrong with the criminal justice system. We are talking about a 16 year old. You, I, and everyone else did some dumb shit when we were 16. We just got lucky. If...
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    What makes you think the parents will continue to...

    What makes you think the parents will continue to take care of the kid's financials after he hits 18? Statistically speaking, most criminal defendants are broke. Even those driving F250s.
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    Why would the 21+ passenger have any liability?...

    Why would the 21+ passenger have any liability? If they are not a parent or custodian, who says they weren't just along for the ride?

    No way to hold parents criminally liable unless they are...
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    Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to ask federal...

    Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to ask federal regulators to clear their boosters for all adults.

    The Food and Drug Administration is considered likely to grant the request, perhaps before...
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    So what's an appropriate sentence for the 16 year...

    So what's an appropriate sentence for the 16 year old defendant?
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    Even when they choose a place like Vancouver, BC,...

    Even when they choose a place like Vancouver, BC, which has some of the snowiest mountains on earth nearby, the actual venues are down low where it doesn't snow and they have to truck in snow. They...
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    Houston is the 25th most densely populated metro...

    Houston is the 25th most densely populated metro region in the US. Dallas is 19th. Both are more dense than other supposedly well-planned urban areas; Seattle (27), Minneapolis (31), Portland (84),...
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    Bezos new pad on La Pérouse Bay, Maui aint bad....

    Bezos new pad on La Pérouse Bay, Maui aint bad. $78 million, 14-acres, 4,500-square-foot house, 1,700-square-foot guesthouse, and a 700-square-foot swimming pool. Last sold for $4.2 million in 1996....
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    90-year sentence tossed in 2019 Mardi Gras...

    90-year sentence tossed in 2019 Mardi Gras bicyclist deaths; A Louisiana appeal court has thrown out the 90-year prison sentence for a drunken driver who struck nine bicycle riders near a Mardi Gras...
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    In Washington, the longest a person can be held...

    In Washington, the longest a person can be held after an offense, but before they are criminally charged, is 72 hours. I assume other states have a similar rule (only at Guantanamo Bay does the US...
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    Even Texas has regional development planning, and...

    Even Texas has regional development planning, and geographic restrictions like streams and flood plains. But even if you assume Texas has unlimited buildable land and a desire to fill it, economics...
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    PSA survey: The Recreation and Conservation...

    PSA survey: The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is updating the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Plan and Statewide Trails Plan. These plans set priorities for funding trails,...
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    Not true at all. Because of urban growth...

    Not true at all. Because of urban growth boundaries, restrictions on development near streams and steep slopes, and lands that are already set aside for preservation, there is actually very little...
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    Kids should get vaccinated for COVID just like...

    Kids should get vaccinated for COVID just like kids should get the flu shot, but to put those CDC stats above in perspective, here's some data from the CDC regarding flu related deaths in children:
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  38. Interesting article, although I don't think the...

    Interesting article, although I don't think the conclusion was having kids leads to unhappiness. More that the happiness a kid brings is harder to quantify. I also liked the discussion of memory...
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    Have you been to a concert yet? It is basically...

    Have you been to a concert yet? It is basically just like an un-masked house party because everyone has a drink in their hand and is dancing away. Things are pretty much back to normal.

    And now...
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    San Francisco already tried that experiment. It...

    San Francisco already tried that experiment. It didn't work. Moreover, it just made the lucky home owners in the Bay Area rich so they can go inflate housing prices in all other Western markets.
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    I think the writer is advocating for more...

    I think the writer is advocating for more multi-family near transit, not single family housing. Take a desirable market like Seattle. Currently, there are 4 million people in the Seattle metro area....
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    I don't have the number of single family homes,...

    I don't have the number of single family homes, or non-single family homes, owned by institutional investors for flipping (not rental) purposes. Just pointing out that BlackRock is in a way better...
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    Zillow (and Redfin) are getting painted as the...

    Zillow (and Redfin) are getting painted as the bad guy here. But to me, the real estate industry, with their bloated commissions and endless middle men, needs some tech disruption. If not Zillow and...
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    Benny, you really think the 10,000 or so homes...

    Benny, you really think the 10,000 or so homes Zillow bought and sold had that much effect on the national real estate market? They are not that big of a company, only 6,400 employees (before the 25%...
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    Rogers grew up mostly in Northern California...

    Rogers grew up mostly in Northern California (Chico and Ukiah). Similar to anti-vax former WSU coach Rolovich, who grew up in Marin County, CA. Demographics are changing but historically, Northern CA...
  46. Thread: Wildfire 2021

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    See How the Dixie Fire Created Its Own Weather...

    See How the Dixie Fire Created Its Own Weather
    This year’s largest blaze generated powerful storm clouds. We show you in 3-D.
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    What's the point of a negative test BEFORE you...

    What's the point of a negative test BEFORE you enter the unvaccinated COVID wasteland that is America? It's like getting a pregnancy test before you have sex.
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    At this point, Simmons will go to whoever is willing to take him, regardless of nightlife. Portland has already turned down a proposal from Philly; CJ+three first-round picks+three draft swaps for...
  49. Simmons should forget about the Sacramento Kings....

    Simmons should forget about the Sacramento Kings. At this point, I am not sure the Sydney Kings would take him.

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    I knew that at one point, you could have opted...

    I knew that at one point, you could have opted out. And I knew about AKs ethically dubious ways to get around it. I was just trying to summarize in two sentences WA's new program which I thought was...
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